SC pulls up Raj govt for inaction in illegal arms case
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Last Updated: Friday, February 04, 2011, 20:28
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday pulled up Rajasthan government for not taking action against its officers who were allegedly involved in illegal sale of arms and issuance of licences to dubious persons.

A Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar sought an explanation from the state government why it has not granted sanction to prosecute the officials, including three of IAS cadre, for alleged involvement in the scam and asked it to file within ten days a report on action it has taken against them.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking a direction against the government for not taking action against its officers after the scam came to light in 2007 when authorities in Rajasthan's Ganganagar district noticed that several licenses were issued to dubious persons, including terrorists, smugglers and rowdy elements by local authorities without verification.

Subsequent investigations by the government revealed a larger racket in which several army officials, including some holding the rank of major generals, IAS officers and those belonging to Rajasthan State Service, were allegedly involved in the sale of arms to dubious elements.

The government also placed some documents before the bench informing about the action taken by the Army against its officers whose names figured in the scam.


First Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 20:28

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